Sam Boodram, the Lion of Cumuto, is no more.
Boodram, a traditional chutney singer, passed away at his home on Tuesday.
He was 87.
Boodram, who has been ailing for some time, was among those entertainers to benefit from the recent virtual charity concert hosted by Southex chief executive officer, George Singh.
But despite his failing health, Boodram continued to make his contribution to the art form. He has recorded over 6,000 songs.
His grand daughter, Samantha Boodram-Wolff said, “Sam Boodram died on June 30th 2020 at 11:13 am peacefully at his home. His last days were spent entertaining family and friends at his home. And he was always ready to mentor the younger singers.”
Boodram was a father of six, grandfather of 12 and great grandfather of eight.
Boodram started singing Indian classical songs at the age of 14. He then ventured into tradition chutney where he reigned for decades.
His songs “Dhoolhar”, Lalana Khoose” and many others remain among the top selections at East Indian functions.
These songs, according to relatives, he composed himself. He would always play the harmonium during his performances.
Boodram enjoyed reading and writing Hindi and most of his songs were stories of Hindu weddings and Gods.
He also collaborated with younger singers including Ravi B and Raymond Ramnarine.
Boodram has travelled to North America and throughout the Caribbean bringing joy to thousands of fans.
He was married to Cynthia Panday-Boodram, sister of former prime minister Basdeo Panday.